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John Nuthall


March 15, 2016

NYC PBA Members: NYC is heading in the wrong direction

Survey Shows Overwhelming Majority of Police Officers Have Unfavorable Opinion of Mayor de Blasio’s and the City Council’s Policing Policies;

Officers Feel Less Safe and Believe Support for Police Has Decreased

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The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association of the City of New York (NYC PBA) recently conducted a survey of its members on the NYPD’s daily working environment, as well as their opinions of Mayor de Blasio, the New York City Council, and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. The results demonstrate that an overwhelming majority of NYC PBA members believe New York City is headed in the wrong direction, in large part because of the lack of support for police officers from Mayor de Blasio and other elected officials. Today’s results follow similar numbers — released yesterday — showing police officer morale has reached historic lows.

The survey was open to all PBA members over the course of approximately three weeks and more than 6,000 responses were collected. Respondents ranged in age, location and service years, with 47% having more than 10 years of NYPD experience. The overall survey results show that members believe the relationship with the public and elected officials has worsened in the past few years, with a lack of support and respect for police officers the top reason cited. Members also expressed they personally feel “less safe” while on duty and most agree that they are often reluctant to take police action for fear of lawsuits or complaints from the public.

Top survey results include:

NYC PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said: 

“The brave men and women who risk their lives to protect New Yorkers should feel safe and confident that their hard work is having a positive impact on the future of this city. Unfortunately, as this survey proves, the majority of our police officers do not feel supported by Mayor de Blasio’s administration or the City Council, and believe their unfavorable public safety policies have New York City on the wrong track. This disconnect between our members and city leaders cannot continue, and now is the time for a real solution.”

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The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (PBA) is the largest municipal police union in the nation and represents nearly 50,000 active and retired NYC police officers.